Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Vlog: Getting Beach Ready!

I know today should be What I Ate Wednesday, but I decided to take a break and do a quick Vlog instead. In this video I cover what I'm doing over the next couple weeks to make sure I'm bathing suit ready! 

21 comments:

  1. Oh man, I LOVE you! You're such a sweet and inspiring person. Keep up the great work :) xo

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  2. Good job with the vlog girl! Just a little worried cause these workouts are so intense those carbs are vital. I know you are one tough cookie though and will power through. YOU GO!!! ROCK ON

    PS. Love the vlog but always love your WIAW :0).

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  3. What kind of cardio will you be doing and for how long? My vacation is 10 days away too. Would love any suggestions to get as lean as possible. Thank You!

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    1. HIIT 3 times a week and steady state, either incline walk or stair mill the other 3 days :)

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  4. Thank you for the video! You are going to look fab for you vacation with your hubby to be ;)
    I can't wait to see before and after pics - did you take any pics from before you started James Wilson's program? I would love to see the progress you've made on this program as well! Have a great day!

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    1. I don't think I did (dumb!) but I'll have to look back and see!

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  5. I don't agree with the cutting out of protein powders for a few reasons:
    1. Even if the protein is "pre-digested" the difference between the caloric expenditure of digesting the whole food protein vs. the pre-digested protein is negligible. The thermic effect of protein comes from the fact that it is not easily converted into glucose or body-fat.
    2. Protein powders have a better nutritional profile in terms of amino-acids available in the protein.
    3. Protein powders are much cheaper compared to whole foods (for the most part).
    4. Protein powders are also a lot more convenient in terms of getting in adequate amounts of protein. Buying, cooking and eating a whole food protein takes a lot more work than just downing a shake.

    Of course, I'm not advocating you should get all your protein from a powder, and unless you have specific sensitivities or intolerances (lactose specifically), then there is no need to cut out protein powders at all.

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    1. I consulted my friend James for your first two points because he does a really great job at explaining things in simple, understandable terms:
      1. Logic would determine that refined anything will have a much greater absorption rate than at a natural state. How much faster can sugar be used than eating quinoa? How is protein powder any different than chicken?
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      The thermic effect comes from the body having to work to break down the foods. There is no work being done with powders because the work is already done. It absorbs very quick and is either used, stored or goes through digestion to elimination.

      2. Protein powders do have a higher bio-availability because it has more total grams and it is refined. You'll lose a portion of the calories and grams in the digestion process of whole foods proteins. Protein powders are a super food, but people rely on them too much, in my opinion. They are a great way to justify laziness and lack of preparation.

      To speak to your other points, I'm not sure they're valid for an argument against whole foods. The price is honestly irrelevant to me, and sure shaking up some protein powder is easier than cooking a chicken breast but who said living a healthy fit life was about taking the easy road? It would be EASIER to get Taco Bell on the way home from work everyday instead of making dinner every night.

      Bottom line, protein powders are not food, they're supplements and should be treated as such.

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    2. But what does absorption rate have to do with losing weight? You are making it seem that hundreds and hundreds of calories will be burned through digestion of whole foods over digestion of protein powder? That is definitely not the case. Your body doesn't see food, it just sees the macros. 1g of protein from any food source is treated the same way, and the same goes for carbs and fat. So, while absorption rates may differ, the difference in the amount of work your body has to do is negligible. I mean, come on, you know how much work you have to do while doing cardio to burn 100 calories, do you really think digestion of protein powder vs whole foods really makes that much of a difference? Whole foods are in no way superior to protein powders.

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    3. Thank you for the tips LittleB! BodyBuildinYellowJacket, while some of your points are somewhat valid one of the big reasons that LittleB said she was cutting them is that they cause her to bloat. As I'm sure you know, as you appear to be a protein powder expert, many people experience this and when preparing for a photo shoot/vacation/ or any other event where you need a little something extra these powders are the first to go. Now some people are lucky that the powders have no impact, but for many this is not the case.

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    4. Totally agree with BodyBuildinYellowJacket on this! Yes, she might be intolerant and get bloated using protein powders, but for many as well this is not the case. In that case, it makes no sense to cut out protein powders.

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    5. Many fitness professionals and trainers highly recommend having no more than one scoop of protein powder a day, as REAL food is always superior. When it's "go time" and you need to really get tight, real food is the way to go. I mean, I don't see protein powder growing in fields, so it's common sense that the all natural chicken or beef is the way to go. Not saying I don't love my protein shakes, don't get me wrong!

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    6. She actually states [this won't make a huge difference] (paraphrased) referring to her entire two week program. Know-it-alls drive me crazy!! I'm a personal trainer and nutritionist and I'm here to tell you that the science changes so often on nutrition and exercise that we can all learn from each other if we could get just get over ourselves and how much we think we know and how great we are. Did you notice that Jamie Eason even references this girl on her Facebook page? She isn't claiming to make dramatic improvements in your or her physique in 2 weeks, just giving her personal adjustments to her personal program.

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  6. Thanks for the Vlog, was just wondering about your almond pancakes you have at night. You said they contain almond meal, egg whites & cinnamom. But what quantities of each? Im no good at guessing! I measure everything!! Thanks, Cassie

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  7. whats the duration of ur steady state cardio and ur HIIT cardio?

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  8. I hate when people become "know it alls" how about you leave your comments else where! Obv. Little B knows what works for HER own body! STFU & leave the BS else where! We are not all built the same and we all know what will work for us! Anyway little B you look great & keep up the great work! Would you recommend cutting out cottage cheese and greek yogurt when trying to lean out?

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    1. Wow. Cut the cursing out.. if people have thoughts on an issue they are entitled to be open up about it. Plain and simple. It doesn't mean they are "know it alls".

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    2. I'm sorry did I swear? I don't see one curse word on there....

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  9. I notice that you use yams a lot but not potatoes. I like red skinned potatoes, but I am wondering if yams are better health-wise or if you just like the taste better. Thoughts? Thanks!

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  10. Hi Little B! I have a question about supplements. After following your blog for a while & researching a bit i decided to start taking some supplements. I've been taking a multi vit, fish oil, protein powder, amino energy, and BCAAs during my workouts. I'm worried I'm taking too much and wanted to know what your thoughts are on this? Can taking the Amino Energy & Xtend be dangerous? Have you done much research on the ingredients in these products and how much can be too much? Thanks for being an inspiration. Your blog is one of my very favorites!!

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  11. SO glad you added this vlog!! I have a question for you! I am wanting to start the livefit program BUT i have recently been testing out a more paleo based lifestyle and have been feeling AMAZING! Any thoughts on how this would affect my progress on Jamie's plan??

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